Montreal-based jazz musician Colin Stetson is one of the few artists in his genre that is able to play music elegantly, yet can retain a rock n roll edge to his sound. The horn player possesses exquisite skill and genre-defying creativity that make his second solo record, New History Warfare Vol. 2 so unique and a must listen for fans of all genres, not just jazz. This can be attributed to Stetson’s influences, which he cites as Bach, early metal, American pre-war Gospel, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Brotzmann and Albert Ayler. With influences like these, Stetson breaks away from preconceived snobbery notions that run rampant in his genre to make an album that has a sound that most people can enjoy.
Colin has been making his mark as a solo performer for several years, in front of a wide range of audiences. Whether he’s playing at intimate jazz venues to opening for rock bands like fellow Montreal natives the Arcade Fire or The National, or performing at festivals like the Moers and London Jazz, Stetson’s music can transcend whatever type of audience he’s playing to. The horn player’s has been enlisted to play with musicians as diverse as Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, TV On The Radio and Bon Iver.
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges was captured entirely live in single takes at Montréal's Hotel2Tango studio, with no overdubs or looping, using over 20 mics positioned close and far throughout the live room. He was able to bring in collaborators such as Anderson and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) to lay down vocals on the album.
The sound on the album is as eclectic as you’d expect from a musician with such varied tastes as Stetson has. He is embarking on a short European tour in January and will be playing a few dates in Montreal and New York in February leading up to the release of the album on February 22. Keep on the lookout because Bestnewbands.com will be conducting an interview with Stetson closer to the album's release.